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Japanese Celebrations by Betty Reynolds

By Betty Reynolds

The folk of Japan like to have fun! actually, they like it a lot they've got an afternoon of social gathering, even if it's a metamorphosis in season, a spiritual observance, or simply a distinct second in lifestyles, each month of the yr. Brimming with historic traditions, unique undefined, and scrumptious, seasonal meals, jap Celebrations will take you on a month-by-month journey of a few of Japan's best-loved festivals.

Beautifully illustrated and entire of interesting proof approximately jap vacations and celebrations, this 48-page photograph ebook bargains a bright photograph of a few of Japan's such a lot festive occasions together with New Year's, Children's Day, Cherry Blossom Season, Harvest Moon Viewing, Christmas in Japan and lots of more.

With uncomplicated yet informative textual content and illustrations that specify the importance of the costume, ornament, nutrition, presents and actions linked to those occasions, eastern Celebrations can provide to thrill and teach younger readers and fogeys alike.

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Although there had been Japanese who had studied Zen before him, Eisai is identified as the individual to establish Zen, in its Rinzai form, on the islands, just as Bodhidharma was acknowledged to have brought the meditation school to China. As with Bodhidharma, Eisai is also credited with introducing tea to a new land. Legend has it that Bodhidharma had been so angered after falling asleep during meditation one day that he cut off his eyelids, which fell to the earth and there, supposedly, grew to become the first tea plants.

Observing it, he thought about his mother’s words and was struck by the impermanence of all things. An uncle adopted Dogen and took charge of his education. It was the uncle’s intention that the boy would be his heir and serve in the imperial court. But at the age of thirteen, young Dogen ran away from the court to a member of his mother’s family who was a student of Buddhism and magic. With the aid of this relative, Dogen was received as a novice at Enryakuji, the Tendai Monastery on Mount Hiei.

On Mount Tientai, he sought out Zen Master Kian Esho [Xuan Huai-chang] who belonged to the Rinzai [Ch: Linji] “House” of Zen. Zen was not a homogeneous tradition in China. There were Five Houses each of which traced its lineage back to a particular group of teachers. The Rinzai House also produced two offshoots, which resulted in a total of Seven Schools. When Eisai visited China, the two strongest schools were the Rinzai and the Soto [Ch: Caodong]. While the goal of both of these is to guide practitioners to awakening, their approaches differ both in custom and focus.

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